Ann Dermatol.  1999 Oct;11(4):232-235. 10.5021/ad.1999.11.4.232.

Localized Trichorrhexis Nodosa Arising From Habitual Rubbing

Abstract

Trichorrhexis nodosa(TN) denotes small node-like swelling with a loss of cuticle of the hair shaft through which the hair readily fractures. The basic cause of TN is mechanical or chemical trauma, and a contributing factor is an inherent weakness of the hair shaft. We report a case of localized TN in a 37-year-old male. He had an ovoid hair patch with multiple small white-gray dotted and stubby hairs localized to the right occipital scalp. TN is known to be the commonest of all hair shaft anomalies (Price, 1975). However TN is rarely reported, and there have been only four reports in Korean dermatological literature, to our knowledge, which might be due to underdiagnosis of this disorder. We postulated that diagnostic difficulty lies in the discrepancy between terminology and gross morphological findings.

Keyword

Localized trichorrhexis nodosa; Node; Hair shaft anomaly

MeSH Terms

Adult
Fibrinogen
Hair
Humans
Male
Scalp
Fibrinogen
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